El Paso Public Library celebrates Tom Lea month

El Paso Public Library celebrates Tom Lea month

POSTED: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 4:42pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 4:44pm

It's Tom Lea month here in El Paso, so we honor a 20th century artist and native of the borderland.

For the 6th year in a row, the Tom Lea Institute hosts events throughout town, like lectures, tours, exhibits, concerts and movies meant to remember Tom Lea's contributions. He was a well known World War 2 artist turned writer. And today the institute hosted a showing of a film at the El Paso Public library main branch, based on one of his novels written in 1947, the wonderful country.

"It's a wonderful presentation of life here on the border, conversations on the border, people's adaptation of the language, of customs and they manage to create a life here on the border," said Elias Bonilla with the Tom Lea Institute.

Tom Lea worked for Life magazine during World War 2 as an artist. After the war, he returned to El Paso where he lived and did his research for " The Wonderful Country."

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